Due to the Owls' line-up depth, they prevailed Wednesday at Lake Ozark, 5-4.
"Our guys came to win the district team championship and they did not quit until the last match was finished," Carney declared. "What a great team effort!"
The match unfolded in a manner conducive for Marshall, which made matters increasingly difficult for the Indians -- who won at the top three spots and lost at the bottom of the order. After the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles contests split, it came down to the No. 2 duel -- where the Owls were fortunate enough to be represented by a pair of hard-nosed seniors who weren't on the squad a year ago at this time.
Fifteen minutes after everybody else had finished, seniors Alan Magana and Anthony Van walked off the court with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) victory, and a ticket to the sectional round a year after Marshall missed the playoffs.
Osage (10-2) won the first two singles matches in straight sets behind sophomores Thomas Uhl (6-2, 6-0) and Adam Keith (6-4, 6-2), but sophomore No. 3 Ryan Curran was forced to go the distance before downing Magana, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.
Van began a string of three straight wins for the Owls with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) decision at No. 4, followed by comfortable victories for juniors Jacob Ringlen (6-2, 6-2) and Ryan Vereyken (6-0, 6-2).
Uhl and Keith took the No. 1 doubles tilt, 6-4, 6-1, but Ringlen and Vereyken tied the match at No. 3, 6-1, 6-1.
Marshall moves on to the Section 4 Tournament, set for May 19, probably at St. Louis -- a four-team field including NCMC rival Fulton, District 6 champion Mary Institute/Country Day and the winner of the District 7 final between St. Dominic of O'Fallon and St. Charles Lutheran.
The Owls (14-5) will be at home Saturday to host the Class 1, District 8 Individual Tournament.
BOONVILLE -- The Marshall boys' golf team had three players medal Wednesday to take second place in the NCMC Tournament at Boonville.
The Owls' 319 was their lowest 18-hole team score of the season, six strokes under what they shot at the Smith-Cotton Classic.
Hannibal overcame an illness to its No. 1 player to win the team title with 307 points -- thanks to its No. 5, sophomore Alec Abel. He shot a two-over-par 71 to tie Boonville freshman Brett Windsor for the individual title, losing a playoff tiebreaker when Windsor birdied the No. 1 hole at Hail Ridge Golf Course.
Freshman Cole Perkins fired a 76 for fourth place and juniors Alex Maupin and Marc Plummer tied for sixth at 80 -- the first medal for Plummer. Rounding out the Marshall score was junior Bryan Mach's 83, with sophomores Mason Sandidge (87) -- in only his second varsity meet -- and Brett Maupin (89) posting their best tournament scores.
"We knew going in ... that, realistically, Hannibal would win and the rest of us were playing for second," admitted MHS coach Erek Dusenberry. "I think we proved that we were the second-best team in the NCMC this year."
The Owls are done for the season as a team, but Perkins and Maupin will head to Springfield this weekend for a practice round on Rivercut Golf Course to prepare for the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships on Monday.
CHILLICOTHE -- The Marshall girls' soccer team scored in unconventional ways Wednesday during its 3-1 non-conference victory at Chillicothe.
The Lady Owls got on the board with five minutes remaining in the first half when freshman Makala Colbert got her first varsity goal off a throw-in by senior Stephanie Stark.
The Lady Hornets (6-10-1) tied the contest two minutes into the second half on freshman Addie Stottlemyre's long shot. However, two minutes later a corner kick by junior Jenny Najera curled into the net to put Marshall back in front.
The Lady Owls' final tally was on a "own" goal which bounced off a Chillicothe defender midway through the second period.
Marshall enjoyed a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal, scoring for the seventh time in the last eight matches. The Lady Owls (3-16) close out the regular season today with an NCMC tilt at Fulton.